So here’s that first taste of MSTRKRFT that we’ve been salivating over and yearning for ever since we heard the DFA boys went pop-tech on us. To be honest, and this is hard to describe any further, it sounds exactly as I expected it would. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad or what… but I do know, I’m certain, that a whole record of this stuff would be pretty mindblowing. It’s like going to an obnoxious, sweaty rave, only not coming back smelling like all kinds of ugly and 4 kinds of sex…which is a rather enjoyable experience on certain occasions, but this time I’ll take my ciggs filtered, thank you.


Bonus MP3:

I don’t know who this boy is, but it sounds like he’s been doing this sh¡t for a while. Check out the homage-quality remix he did for MF Doom:

[MP3] MF DoomMy Favorite Ladies (Clutchy Hopkins Remix)

So check this out, there’s this Nicaraguan rapper from the Bay named Deuce Eclipse. I’d heard he’s known for his sick performances on tour with Zion I, but I hadn’t listened to any recorded stuff. A friend showed me his myspace page, which had some really cool samples, so I went out and got his newest album The Radio Plantation. This guy has really got my attention—his style is unlike any other rapper I can think of, and the album’s sound (which he calls “Freedom Style” or “Oywalk Music”) is really fresh. Here’s a few of the tracks that stood out for me:

[MP3] Deuce EclipseWon’t Forget
“Everybody let me introduce / a little music, let it get inside of you.” That’s a really tight line, and luckily it’s not even the best part of the song. Horns, pounding bass, and lyrics that flow like water make up a really great start to the album. I’m guessing that if you feel this song, you’ll definitely love the rest.

[MP3] Deuce EclipseWake Up
I don’t know why, but it’s like whenever an artist does a song called Wake Up, it’s awesome (The Arcade Fire, Rage Against The Machine, etc.). Deuce’s Wake Up is definitely not an exception—the beat is so f%#!in’ catchy, and it kinda reminds me of this Gang Starr remix of a Macy Gray song: [MP3]

[MP3] Deuce EclipseWise Men
Rap music, especially in the mainstream media, gets ripped apart for being too materialistic and violent. But that really pisses me off because there is so much great spiritually and musically strong hip-hop that rarely ever gets mentioned when the music is scrutinized on a national level. With songs like this one by Deuce Eclipse, I see no reason to knock down a genre that is so powerful, real, and lyrically beautiful because of the supposed “shallowness” of hip-hop artists who succeed commercially. (Editor’s note: right on, bruva!)

By the way, if anyone has any news, music, or any cool info about Deuce, feel free to post it here and share with the rest of us. Hope you enjoy the songs!

So I saw Tapes n’ Tapes and Figurines and Cold War Kids yesterday night at the Middle East in Cambrigde. What an amazing show! Seeing the Omaha boys was great… it seems they’ve mastered the whole “putting on a concert” thing by now (after bajillions of past shows, even before Pitchfork got to them), which further propels them to approaching established indie rock demi-god status. Despite their awesome performance, I have to hand it to Cold War Kids, who pretty much stole the show. They opened with “We Used To Vacation” to a pretty stunned, increasingly enthused crowd, with unmatchable stage presense (seems like they’ve been practicing too). Every guitar riff and solo was spot-on, the random percussion- ranging from a plastic maraca to a Heineken bottle- was well placed and well arranged, and every friggin’ song packed just as much energy as each of the songs off of their EPs, particularly “Hospital Beds” and “Saint John.” These guys have the look and sound of a band that’s already at the top of the indie totem pole, yet they’ve only begun to scratch the surface. Can anyone say “most hyped band of 2007?” Here are some pics from that show…oh wait…I forgot about Figurines… yeah, they were alright. Not really my cup of tea, at least musically (a lot of their songs sound the same, and as a new friend I met at the show inferred, “they sound like what everyone expects indie rock to sound like.”) BUT, they put on a good show and the crowd seemed to love them, so maybe I’m just out to lunch on that one. Here are the pics (click to see full size):

I’m getting ready to go see The Omen with my buddy, and I was reminded about the whole 6/6/6 thing. I remember them talking about the witching hour in that latest Exorcist installment. Explaining that 3:00 AM is the witching hour, which evil spirits use to mock the Holy Trinity. Significantly, it is the opposite of 3:00 PM, the hour at which Jesus died.

Oh Satan! You and your mockery.

[MP3] Jenny LewsRun Devil Run
[MP3] Modest MouseThis Devil’s Workday
[MP3] Sufjan StevensIn The Devil’s Territory
[MP3] TarikoDevil’s Elbow
[MP3] Murder By DeathThe Devil In Mexico
[MP3] Charlie Daniels BandThe Devil Went Down To Georgia

Check out the history and origin of 666 here.

Enjoy your day of 06/06/06 and avoid being possessed and sacrificing animals.

Thank you.

[MP3] Loudon Wainwright IIIThe Swimming Song

This summer I went swimming
This summer I might have drowned
But I held my breath and I kicked my feet and I moved my arms around
I moved my arms around

This summer I swam in the ocean
And I swam in a swimming pool
Salt my wounds, chlorined my eyes
I’m a self-destructive fool
I’m a self-destructive fool

This summer I did the back stroke
And you know that that’s not all
I did the breast stroke and the butterfly
And the old Australian crawl
The old Australian crawl

This summer I swam in a public place
And a reservoir to boot
At the latter I was informal
At the former I wore my suit
I wore my swimming suit

Oh, this summer I did swan dives
And jack-knives for you all
And once when you weren’t looking
I did a cannon-ball
I did a cannon-ball

This summer I went swimming
This summer I might have drowned
But I held my breath and I kicked my feet and I moved my arms around
I moved my arms around

Man, I love this track. Here is a song that is 30+ years old and aging as gracefully as Chuck Norris, who we all know is immortal. Loudon Wainwright is a pretty remarkable man. A cornerstone in the early folk movement, Wainwright is regarded as one of the top musicians/writers of his genre and is proving to the world that his seed can spawn a brand new generation of talented musicians. The banjo in this song, which may remind some of Sufjan, is the perfect compliment to a simple set of lyrics. The use of the line “I’m a self-destructive fool” is brilliant, in fact I’m bewildered as to why this song hasn’t already been used in every indie film from sex, lies, and videotape to Garden State. The world may never know.